10-year-old raises money for K-9 vest in Va. Beach

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach police say a 10-year-old girl is giving thousands of dollars to pay for a new ballistic vest for a K-9 officer.

Police say Alexis Mattingly asked for donations in lieu of birthday presents — and raised enough to cover the $2,500 for a new vest.

“We did two baking craft sales and Facebook and people just donated,” Alexis said.

She gave a check to the Virginia Beach Police Foundation Wednesday afternoon.

“You’re talking about a pretty significant chunk of change the city doesn’t need to outfit the dogs,” said Sgt. Chris Toll with Virginia Beach police. “There’s also funding for an additional five dogs!”

Alexis’ story inspired other companies to donate and now five other K-9s will now have protective vests.

Many local police K-9s have received protective vests in 2016. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper donated thousands to nonprofit Spike’s K-9 Fund, following the death of K9 Krijger in January.

Cooper also gave a $50,000 check to Spike’s in May — which included $10,000 he won in Jeopardy.